Movement for Rosa, A
Subtitle: Honoring Civil Rights Heroine Rosa Parkspei
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (Opt.)
Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Gong (Tam-tam)
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
- Tenor Drum (low)
- Triangle (small)
- Tubular Bells
- Wind Chimes
- Most parts have impossible page turns, which should be corrected before use.
- Some printings have dropouts in note heads and staff lines.
A Movement for Rosa was commissioned by the Florida Bandmasters Association honoring civil rights heroine Rosa Parks and was composed and orchestrated over a three-month period: August-November, 1992. With a duration of approximately 11 1/2 minutes, this 'movement' -- a quasi-tone poem -- contains three contrasting sections. Section I evokes Rosa's early years, from birth Feb. 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama, through her marriage in 1932 to Raymond Parks in Pine Level, Alabama. Section II portrays years of racial strife in Montgomery and the quest for social equality. Section III is one of quiet strength and serenity. The works final measures serve an ominous reminder of racism's lingering presence in modern American society.
- Program Note by Mark Camphouse
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Mrs. Parks earned the title “Mother to a Movement” for her act of personal courage, sparking the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s.
In his book Stride Toward Freedom, Dr Martin Luther King states, “When the history books are written in future generations, the historians will pause and say, ‘There lived a great people –- a black people –- who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.’ This is our challenge and our responsibility.”
- Program Note by the Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band concert program, 7 February 2015
Camphouse provides the following notes about A Movement for Rosa:
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated city bus in Montgomery, Ala. Mrs. Parks earned the title “Mother to a Movement” for her act of personal courage, sparking the Civil Rights movement of the l950s. So significant and inspiring was her peaceful act of defiance that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., inscribed the following words on the frontispiece of his book, Stride Toward Freedom, a copy of which he gave to Mrs. Parks: “To Rosa Parks, whose creative witness was the great force that led to the modern stride toward freedom.”
Throughout the history of our great nation, we have glorified (and rightly so) various heroes, most frequently presidents, military figures, and athletes. But we must not forget heroes who are perhaps less conspicuous but every bit as significant. Rosa Parks, who worked as a tailor’s assistant in a men’s clothing store, became secretary of the Montgomery NAACP and the impetus to a major social movement.
America’s proud heritage and the accomplishments of its people have been and continue to be darkened by racial discrimination. This blight on our country takes many forms, whether subtle or more overt, as with cowardly acts of intimidation and violence by various extremist hate groups. Mrs. Parks addresses this continuing problem in her 1992 book entitled Rosa Parks: My Story. The final three paragraphs of that book:
I look back now and realize that since that evening on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, we have made a lot of progress in some ways.
All those laws against segregation have been passed, and all that progress has been made. But a whole lot of white people’s hearts have not been changed. Dr. King used to talk about the fact that if a law was changed, it might not change hearts but it would offer some protection. He was right. We now have some protection, but there is still much racism and racial violence.
In recent years there has been a resurgence of reactionary attitudes. I am troubled by the recent decisions of the Supreme Court that make it harder to prove a pattern of racial discrimination in employment and by the fact that the national government does not seem very interested in pursuing violations of civil rights. What troubles me is that so many young people, including college students, have come out for white supremacy and that there have been more and more incidents of racism and racial violence on college campuses. It has not been widespread, but still it is troublesome. It seems like we still have a long way to go.
Clearly, Rosa Parks met those challenges and responsibilities with great dignity and courage. As Congressman John Conyers aptly said: “Rosa Parks moved civil rights issues from the back of the bus to the front of America’s conscience.”
- Program Notes by Travis J. Cross for the UCLA Wind Ensemble concert program, 29 April 2015
- Audio CD: Texas A&M University Symphony Band (Timothy Rhea, conductor)
- Audio CD: University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony (Andrew Boysen, conductor)
- Audio CD: Ouachita Wind Ensemble (Craig Hamilton, conductor)
- New York: VI
- Virginia: VI
- North Carolina: VI
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- University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (John Watkins Jr., conductor) – 27 February 2020
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- Kent State University (Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Wendy K. Matthews, conductor) – 6 December 2019
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- Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Shaun Popp, conductor) – 6 October 2019
- Harding University (Searcy, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Mike Chance, conductor) – 9 April 2019
- Randolph (N.J.) High School Wind Ensemble (Dawn D. Russo, conductor) – 6 March 2019
- Central Iowa Wind Ensemble (Mark A. Doerffel, conductor) - 10 March 2019
- Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Manfredo, conductor) – 28 February 2019
- Highland Park (Ill.) High School Wind Symphony (Joshua Chodoroff, conductor) – 23 February 2019
- Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Symphonic Band (Nathaniel H. Dickey, conductor) – 19 February 2019
- West Chester University (Penn.) Wind Symphony (M. Gregory Martin, conductor) – 19 February 2019
- Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) – 12 February 2019
- Bethel College (Mishawaka, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Vicky Warkentien, conductor) – 15 November 2018
- University Of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (Kevin Geraldi, Conductor) – 14 November 2018
- Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Symphony (Benjamin Rochford, conductor) – 15 October 2018
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Anthem (2009)
- Canzon, Fugato, and Hymn (2004)
- Dakota Rhapsody, A
- Elegy (1989)
- Essay for Symphony Band
- Fantasia on "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" (2006)
- Foundation (2007)
- Heartland Sketches (2009)
- Homage to the Dream (2013)
- Illuminations (2016)
- In Memoriam (2002)
- Legacy for Brass and Percussion
- A Movement for Rosa (1992)
- Pacific Commemoration
- Reminiscences (2011)
- Resolutions (2017)
- Romanza from A Jack Stamp Suite (2017)
- Shining City, The
- Symphonic Prelude (The Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer)
- Symphonic Fanfare (2006)
- Symphony from Ivy Green
- Three London Miniatures (1988)
- To Build a Fire
- Tribute (1985)
- Two American Canvases
- Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
- Whatsoever Things (1997)
- Yosemite Autumn (1997/2004)
- Camphouse, M. (1994). A Movement for Rosa: For Symphonic Band [score]. TRN Music: Ruidoso, N.M.
- Camphouse, Mark. (1994). A movement for Rosa : for Symphonic Band : Honoring Civil Rights Heroine Rosa Parks [score]. TRN Music: Ruidoso, N.M.
- Camphouse, Mark. (2002) Composers on Composing for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 79-136.
- Temple, Matthew. (2008) "A Movement for Rosa: An Analysis of Mark Camphouse's Grade 5 Work." The Instrumentalist 63, no. 3 (October 2008): 28-30, 32.
- Mark Camphouse website